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Powerful Senses

Powerful Senses

Senses are very powerful in nature. They are so strong that a person who sincerely try to control them with meditation or devotional services, they drift the mind of such person with a strong force to material attachments just like a strong wind try to drift the boat from its direction. This is one of the biggest challenges before a transcendentalist.

Let us look at pages of history where there are many instances where a person doing meditation has been drifted back to the mud of material tastes by these senses. For examples: Sage Visvamitra who was a king earlier but he left his kingdom to meditate to become a Brahm Rishi. He was such a strong sage who do strong penance and meditation. He acquired some supernatural weapons, the knowledge of which was ultimately given by him to God Rama who has incarnated to kill demon king Ravana. He has created a new heaven with his power of meditation to accommodate one of the ancestors of God Rama there. Naturally, Indra the king of heaven become worried about his kingdom and throne so he asked one of the nymphs called Meneka to disturb the meditation of sage Visvamitra. She was successful in disturbing the meditation of Sage Visvamitra and indulge him in lust and sense gratification. Majority of powers of sage Visvamitra reduced to zero because he has drifted from the path of penance and meditation.

Pure devotees of supreme God Shri Krishna have a unique way of handling this problem. They engage their senses in the service of supreme God Shri Krishna. They engage their intelligence in reading spiritual knowledge such as Bhagavad  Gita, Shri Bhagavata Purana, Shri Caitanyacaritamrita and stories of pastimes of God Shri Krishna. They engage their eyes in seeing the idols of Shri Radha Krishna and Sita Rama in temples. They engage their nose in smelling the flowers which are offered to the deity. They engage their tongue in eating the “prasadam” offered to God Shri Krishna. They engage their mouth in reciting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra and singing Bhajans in the glory of God Shri Krishna and discussion about God Shri Krishna with other devotees. They engage their ears in listening to holy discourses and sermons from senior devotees or sages. They engage their hand in the preparation of “prasadam” for God Shri Krishna and cleaning temple, doing service at the community kitchen, in the distribution of food to devotees of God Shri Krishna, in the offering of “prasadam” to God Shri Krishna, in doing “aarti” of God Shri Krishna and doing “Shringar” of the deity before “Mangala Aarti”. They engage their legs in going to temple punctually without any hesitation and laziness and dancing in “sankirtan”. 

Once powerful senses tastes higher taste of devotion to supreme God Shri Krishna then they gradually lose lower taste of material sense gratification. Such a person has steady intelligence. 
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Pankaj Mannan
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